Sony a7RIII Settings (Firmware Update Version 3.00)

We have been shooting with the Sony a7RIII for about a year, and the recent firmware update version 3.00 has multiple improvements. These are the settings with the latest update that we have found to be optimal.

Warning: long tables!

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Quality/Image Size1 1/14
File Format RAW
RAW File Type Uncompressed
JPEG Quality Extra Fine
JPEG Image Size L: 42M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
APS-C/Super 35mm APS-C S35 Shooting: Manual
APSC-C S35 Shoot. Manual: Off
Quality/Image Size2 2/14
Long Exposure NR Off
Color Space sRGB
Lens Comp. Shading Comp.: Auto
Chromatic Aberration Comp.: Auto
Distortion Comp.: Auto
Shoot Mode/Drive 3/14
Drive Mode Single Shooting
Bracket Settings Selftimer during Bracket: 2 Sec
Bracket order: 0→–→+
Px. Shift Multi Shoot. Off
Select Media Slot 1
Shoot Mode/Drive2 4/14
Reg. Custom Shoot Set These are the numbers 1-3 on the top right dial; change these to your preferred frequently used settings.
Intvl. Shoot. Func. Interval Shooting: Off
AF1 5/14
Focus Mode Single-shot AF
Priority Set in AF-S Balanced Emphasis
Priority Set in AF-C Balanced Emphasis
Focus Area Flexible Spot: M
Focus Settings
Switch V/H AF Area AF Point Only
AF2 6/14
AF Illuminator Off
Center Lock-on AF Off
Face/Eye AF Set. Face/Eye Prty in AF: On
Subject Detection: Human
Face Dtct Frame Dsp: Off
Animal Eye Display: Off
AF Tracking Sens. 5 (Responsive)
AF System
AF w/ shutter Off
AF3 7/14
Pre-AF Off
Eye-Start AF
AF Area Registration Off
Del. Regist. AF Area
AF Area Auto Clear Off
Disp. cont. AF area On
AF4 8/14
Phase Detect Area On
AF Micro Adj.
Aperture Drive in AF

ISO AUTO Min. SS: 1/30

Exposure1 9/14
Exposure Comp. ±0.0
Reset EV Comp. Maintain
ISO AUTO Min. SS 1/30
Metering Mode Multi
Face Prty in Mlti Mtring On
Exposure2 10/14
Spot Metering Point Focus Point Link
Exposure step 0.3EV
AEL w/ shutter Off
Exposure Std. Adjust Generally, adjustment is not necessary.
Flash 11/14
Flash Mode Flash Off
Flash Comp. ±0.0
Exp.comp.set Ambient&flash
Wireless Flash Off
Red Eye Reduction Off
Color/WB/Img. Processing 12/14
White Balance Auto
Priority Set in AWB White
DRO/Auto HDR D-Range Opt.
Creative Style Standard
Picture Effect Off
Picture Profile Off
Focus Assist 13/14
Focus Magnifier
Focus Magnif. Time No Limit
Initial Focus Mag. x1.0
AF in Focus Mag. On
MF Assist On
Peaking Setting Peaking Display: On
Peaking Level: Mid
Peaking color: Yellow
Shooting Assist 14/14
Anti-flicker Shoot. Off
Face Registration
Regist. Faces Priority On

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Movie1 1/9
Exposure Mode
File Format XAVC S 4K
Record Setting 24p 100M
S&Q Settings
Proxy Recording Off
Movie2 2/9
AF drive speed Normal
AF Tracking Sens. Responsive
Auto Slow Shutter Off
Audio Recording On
Audio Rec Level
Audio Level Display On
Movie3 3/9
Audio Out Timing Lip Sync
Wind Noise Reduct. On
Marker Display Off
Marker Settings
Video Light Mode Power Link
Movie w/ shutter Off
Shutter/Steadyshot 4/9
Silent Shooting On
e-Front Curtain Shut.
Release w/o Lens Enable
Release w/o Card Disable
SteadyShot On
SteadyShot Settings SteadyShot Adjust.: Auto
SteadyS. Focal Len.: –
Zoom 5/9
Zoom Setting Optical zoom only
Zoom Ring Rotate
Display/Auto Review1 6/9
DISP Button Monitor
Check/uncheck the displays you want to cycle through using the DISP button (next to Fn button).
Finder Frame Rate High
Zebra Setting Zebra Display: Off
Zebra Level: 70
Grid Line Rule of 3rds Grid
Exposure Set. Guide Off
Display/Auto Review2 7/9
Live View Display Setting Effects ON
Cont. Shoot. Length Not Displayed
Auto Review Off
Custom Operation1 8/9
Custom Key (Photo) Custom Wheel: Not Set
Custom Button 1: Focus Mode
Custom Button 2: Face/Eye Prty in AF
Custom Button 3: Silent Shooting
Custom Button 4: SteadyShot
Multi-Slc Center Btn: AF On
Center Button: Focus Area
Left Button: Drive Mode
Right Button: ISO
Down Button: ISO AUTO Min. SS
AEL Button: Eye AF
AF-ON Button: AF On
Focus Hold Button: Eye AF
Custom Key (Video)
Custom Key (Playback)
Function Menu Set.
Dial Setup Tv / Av
Av/Tv Rotate Normal
Custom Operation2 9/9
Dial Ev Comp Off
MOVIE Button Always
Lock Operation Parts Off
Audio signals Off
Function Ring(Lens)

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Setup1 1 /7
Monitor Brightness Sunny Weather
Viewfinder Bright. Manual (+2)
Finder Color Temp. ±0
Gamma Disp. Assist Off
Volume Settings 7
Delete confirm. “Cancel” first
Setup2 2/7
Display Quality High
Pwr Save Start Time 1 Min
Auto Pwr OFF Temp. Standard
NTSC/PAL Selector
Cleaning Mode
Touch Operation Off
Setup3 3/7
Touch Panel/Pad Touch Panel Only
Touch Pad Settings
Demo Mode Off
TC/UB Settings
IR Remote Ctrl Off
HDMI Settings
Setup4 4/7
4k Output Select
USB Connection Mass Storage
USB LUN Setting Multi
USB Power Supply On
PC Remote Settings
Language English
Setup5 5/7
Date/Time Setup Date Format: M (English)-D-Y
Area Settings
Copyright Info
File Number Series
Set File Name 7R3
Set this to an abbreviation that is meaningful to you and describes the camera if you use multiple cameras.
Setup6 6/7
Rec. Media Settings Prioritize Rec. Media: Slot 1
Recording Mode: Simult. (Photo/Video)
Auto Switch Media: Off
Select REC Folder
New Folder
Folder Name Standard Form
Recover Image DB
Display Media Info.
Setup7 7/7
Setting Reset

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My Menu1 1/3
Remote Ctrl
Face/Eye AF Set.
Rec. Media Settings
Cleaning mode
Flash Mode
My Menu2 2/3
Shutter Type Electronic Shutter
AF w/ shutter Off
e-Front Curtain Shutter
Monitor Brightness Sunny Weather
Viewfinder Brightness Manual (+2)
Live View Display Setting Effect ON

The a7RIII is an extremely capable camera, but that also means it has an overwhelming amount of customization options. This list has been our reference for setting up our camera, and hopefully it can also be helpful to others.

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